Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00
Two major programs to prepare runners for the 2013 Long Island Marathon/Half Marathon/10 Kilometer Runs are getting started within the next few weeks, and anyone thinking about doing one of these events on the big day, May 5, 2013, can sign up.
The 3rd annual RunSmart Training Program kicks off at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be the first of a series of training sessions for runners of all levels of ability that will be held on one day every weekend for 14 weeks through April 27.
Each session will be based at a Nassau County Park under the direction of head coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers who are all set to make your racing experience a perfect one. The RunSmart Program cost is $30.
The 2nd Annual Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to May 5 will start with a 5K race at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, followed by a 4-mile run at Nickerson Beach at Lido Beach on Sunday, March 10, a 5-mile race at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Saturday, March 23, and concluding with a 4-mile scurry at Eisenhower Park to jump start Marathon Week on Saturday, April 27. The entry fee for the entire four race series is $60 if you register before Feb. 1 ($55 if registered for the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K), and $65 if you register after Feb. 1. You may enter individual races in the series (on-site day-of-race entry only) for $20 for each of the first three races and $25 for the finale Race Week Kick-Off Run and Party at Eisenhower Park. Snazzy commemorative shirts will be provided to every full series entrant.
Nassau County along with its Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, with event management chores being handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club will conduct both programs.
“These Programs are a great way for local runners to gear their training toward May 5th at a nominal cost, and we hope that everyone will take advantage of them,” noted Blair.
For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.